Manchester United’s misfiring attack needs fine-tuning to script another great comeback

When Manchester United walk onto the pitch against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his seat on the bench, the Norwegian might well be overcome by emotions. He has indelible memories from the iconic ground with its towering stands. His injury-time tap in at the far-post that rose steeply and dramatically rippled Oliver Kahn’s net in the 1999 Champions League. Then the final instantly became a landmark moment in Manchester United’s storied history.

The reality for his players is somewhat different though. Chris Smalling was the only teenager in ’99 from Manchester’s starting eleven in the first leg. Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea was nine. At the other end of the team age band, Diogo Dalot was still in nappies and Marcus Rashford was just two. Solskjaer’s winner will be a distant memory for some, but for most a goal reduced to a simple YouTube moment.

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